Resourcefullness Award

Valley of the Sun YMCA Awarded for Creative and Sustainable Revenue Initiatives

ARIZONA— Valley of the Sun YMCA has been awarded $10,000 from the ninth annual Eide Bailly Resourcefullness Awards, which recognize nonprofit organizations for their creative and sustainable revenue generating initiatives across five states – Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada and North Dakota.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA’s award-winning Print studio program is a youth-in-business social enterprise where youth within the YMCA’s foster care youth case management program are provided leadership skills and gainful employment as they provide quality screen printing and large format printing services to YMCA branches, and within their community. This program aims to provide these youth with self-sufficiency and employable skills in order to avoid homelessness. Where many organizations faltered during Covid-19, this program flourished with the Print Studio having the ability to partner with many local businesses, printing their COVID-19 instructions on social distancing and mask wearing.

This year, because of the broad community support for the awards, we are pleased to have been able to add an honorable mention $5,000 award to one deserving Arizona organization. That organization is the Cochise College Foundation for their Residential Construction Technology Project House program. 

To ensure fairness, independent judges who are well-respected in the nonprofit community reviewed and scored finalists. Those Arizona judges were:

  • Jarrett Ransom, President & CEO, The Rayvan Group
  • Courtney Klein, Nationally recognized & Emmy Award winning social impact entrepreneur
  • Richard L. Tollefson, Jr., Founder & President, The Phoenix Philanthropy Group

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